Getting it right

Lawrence Krauss, the widely known physicist who professes at Arizona State, posted a fine editorial in Scientific American. It’s entitled “War is Peace,” and it laments the sorry treatment that science receives in many public fora. Here’s his lead:

When I saw the statement repeated online that theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking of the University of Cambridge would be dead by now if he lived in the U.K. and had to depend on the National Health Service (he, of course, is alive and working in the U.K., where he always has), I reflected on something I had written a dozen years ago, in one of my first published commentaries:

“The increasingly blatant nature of the nonsense uttered with impunity in public discourse is chilling. Our democratic society is imperiled as much by this as any other single threat, regardless of whether the origins of the nonsense are religious fanaticism, simple ignorance or personal gain.”

It only gets better as he explores the topic. Highly recommended: War Is Peace: Can Science Fight Media Disinformation? In the 24/7 Internet world, people make lots of claims. Science provides a guide for testing them. Also, see Professor Krauss’ ASU Web site.

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